Erdogan accuses US, Israel of ‘meddling’ in Iran, Pakistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States and Israel Friday of meddling in Iran after Turkey’s neighbor was gripped by several days of deadly unrest.

A total of 21 people died and hundreds were arrested in the week-long protests which were the biggest challenge to the Islamic regime since the 2009 mass demonstrations.

“We cannot accept that some countries – foremost the U.S., Israel – to interfere in the internal affairs of Iran and Pakistan,” Erdogan told reporters before heading on a trip to France.

“It is turning the people against each other in these countries. It’s a shame that we have seen this done in many nations … We saw this in Iraq.”

Erdogan did not expand on the nature of the alleged meddling in Pakistan but on Thursday the U.S. announced a freeze in deliveries of military equipment and security funding until Pakistan cracks down on the militants.

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